Oh, cardio…how we dread you so. However, it’s impossible to deny the positive effects you give. Below are suggestions on how to make cardio more bearable, and even how to actually start enjoying cardio.
The most obvious go-to in the gym- motivating music.
I absolutely love Spotify; they have so many different playlists to choose from. If you like rap and remixes, check these out:
Whatever or whoever it is, pull them up and get hustlin’.
Things are better when you have a friend by your side suffering with you. Persuade a friend to join you next time you hit cardio. Change it up, make it fun, challenge and motivate each other.
If you can stomach it- why not read? If you’re in college, this could be an additional time to brush up on your studying, especially if you learn better by being in motion, as opposed to being stagnant in a chair.
Make sure you are still challenging yourself though; that you are not too distracted to the point where it’s hendering your intensity of cardio.
Music, YouTube, a friend, and reading are great ways to enhance cardio, but-
The most important and surefire way to not dread– or to even actually enjoy cardio, is to change your perspective.
You train your muscles- your arms, back, legs, etc.-to not only get stronger, but to look and perform better. So why do we dread cardio so much, when it is essentially training the heart’s endurance?
Stop looking at cardio as cardio, and start viewing it as training to make you an overall better athlete. Fitness should be more than just looking good; it should be about performing good, both in strength and cardiovascular exercises.
Get out there, push yourself, and be happy and thankful that you’re able to do what you can do.
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